LibriVox recording of Eugenics and Other Evils by G. K. Chesterton, read by Ray Clare.
Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them "The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females"; say this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in cradles. Say to them "Murder your mother," and they sit up quite suddenly. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same."
(Summary by Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
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The more I learn about G.K. Chesterton's views, the more I like him. Great book, a little scary if you think about Eugenics today! Reader was pretty good, a little muffled sounding to me but still good.
March 27, 2010 Subject:
It is important to know that this was written in England by G. K. Chesterton and published in 1922 by Cassell and Company, Limited.
However, this does not mean this book is outdated. Eugenics has always been a very timely subject no matter what year you live in.